TA100 (Smith)

Commentary 6



by Fred Abraham

3 January 2008, posted 12 January 2008


Nice job formatting TA100 C5.
I also note that Roulette's TA100 R1 reply was made to Stanley's TA100 C1 and my TA100 C3, and predates my TA100 C5.  It might be worth noting that, or wait and see how he replies to my more extensive critique of TA100 C5.  Now that I am more familiar with the format of hgf.ca, I am even more impressed with it.  I use to be very active in Dialogues, but have found it harder to keep up and active in the last few years.

Now I have just looked at TA100 C4 Herbert Muller, which leads me to consider some examples as tests of common sense.  In <3> Muller brings up the arena of common sense in politics.  Let's take an example and see if it stresses the general usefulness of the concept of common sense.  Let us take US presidential candidate, Ron Paul, who has made a number of popular goals.  One of those is to abolish the Department of Education.  Is such a proposal one of good common sense ?  One state says gay marriage is forbidden, another says it is acceptable.  Which is lacking in common sense ?  One senator says the PATRIOT Act is good, another bad.  Which has common sense in their side.  The Pareto Principle states that 80% of the effects comes from 20% of the causes [TA100 C5 <6>] is based on "The observation was in connection with income and wealth.  Pareto noticed that 80% of Italy's wealth was owned by 20% of the population."  (Wikipedia).  Does such a statistic being used to found such a causal principal make common sense ?  (It doesn't even make sense, much less common sense.)  Just a few curios from the socio-political arena.  If you use different cultural herds to justify different answers for issues in which the different herds are involved within a larger cultural context, to which herd do you apply a corrective for their aberrant behaviour ?

But these are trivial concerns compared to the issue I bring up in TA100 C5 <11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18> concerning implications for civil rights, sources of innovation in society, and interdependence in complex social systems.


Fred Abraham

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